Stacking Welterweights at M-1 Challenge XXIII; Temirkhanov vs. Suarez and Nazarov vs. Abdulzhalilov

M-1 Challenge XXIII’s undercard sits incredibly strong and the addition of two more awesome welterweight battles is proving that gluttony is a good thing. The stealth, nearly-perfect Arsen Temirkhanov faces undefeated Juan Manuel Suarez Montesdeoca and Alexei Nazarov returns to the 170-pound division against Ramazan Abdulzhalilov. Fans worldwide can catch the entire event from the Crocus City Arena in Moscow, Russia LIVE and for free on at 11:00am EST / 8:00am on Saturday March 5th.

“‘Stacked’ is the best word to describe M-1 Challenge XXIII,” says M-1 Global’s Director of Operations, Evgeni Kogan. “We couldn’t be more excited about the way 2011 is starting off for the M-1 Challenge series and this event has set an extremely high standard. The title contention picture in the light heavyweight, lightweight and welterweight divisions will be crystal clear at the night’s end and from there we forge head-on for our return to the USA.”

M-1 Challenge XXIII Under Card Bouts:

Arsen Temirkhanov (16-1) vs. Jaun Manuel Suarez Montesdeoca (13-0) Welterweight
Alexei Nazarov (11-4) vs. Ramazan Abdulzhalilov (6-2) Welterweight
Mairbek Taisumov (13-3) vs. Yuri Ivlev (14-6) Lightweight
Byron Byrd (3-0) vs. Alihan Magomedov (8-2) Light Heavyweight
Shamil Tinagadjiev (7-3) vs. Tomasz Narkun (4-1) Light Heavyweight
Goncalo Salgado (7-1) vs. Arsen Abdulkerimov (6-2) Heavyweight
Rashid Magomedov (7-1) vs. Rafal Moks (6-2) Welterweight
Magomed Sultanakhmedov (28-5) vs. Plinio Cruz (5-3) Middleweight
Daniel Weichel (25-7) vs. Magomedrasul Khasbulaev (16-4) Lightweight
Kenny ‘Deuce’ Garner (5-3) vs. Alexander Volkov (9-3) Heavyweight
· Additional bouts to be announced

Championship Bouts:

Heavyweight Division:
Guram Gugenishvili, M-1 Challenge Champion (10-0) clashes with Maxim Grishin, M-1 Selection Eastern Europe 2010 champion (7-4)

Welterweight Division:
Shamil Zavurov, M-1 Challenge Champion (18-1) clashes with Tom ‘Da Tank’ Gallicchio, M-1 Selection Americas 2010 champion (15-5)

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